Abhimanyu Dassani’s actress mother Bhagyashree might be his best friend but it is his lovely sister Avantika who is his perfect partner in crime. On the eve of Raksha Bandhan, we caught up with the actor for some quick tête-à-tête where he spilled the beans on the bond he shares with Avantika, his plans to celebrate the special day and more. Excerpts…
How do you celebrate Raksha Bandhan every year?
Every year we have a family lunch with our closest cousins. The sisters tie us rakhi and there is always some masti and teasing followed by binging on some aloo puri and mithai specially rasgullas.
How are you planning to celebrate this year?
We won’t be able to do the family lunch, but we will probably do it over video chat. Plus, this year instead of just lunch, I will get to celebrate the whole day with Avantika. We are planning to cook each other’s favourite meals. It will be our fun way to spend the day together. The kitchen is going to be messy!
Did you fight as kids?
We did fight a lot during our childhood days. However, I shouldn’t say this, but it didn’t stop there. But we are still kids, aren’t we?
Are you a mama’s boy and Avantika a daddy’s girl?
I think it depends more on the context or the situation but my dad definitely lets her get away with anything.
What are your fondest memories with your sister from your childhood days?
I love irritating her. It is my favourite pastime. But no one else can. On a more serious note, she really looks out for me. In fact, she can be an elder sister at times.
What is one thing that you love about Avantika and one thing you hate about her?
I love the fact that I can annoy her. But apart from that, she is absolutely amazing. She is pretty and intelligent. And she always has solutions to my problems. I hate that she is always right and I don’t listen to her often enough. And that is what precisely she likes to hear. But she doesn’t listen to me enough.
Do you tell each other your secrets?
Yes, we do share secrets with each other apart from my cheesecake recipe. That is a secret she can’t know. Because she has to only make it with me!
What is that one thing you and your sister love to do together?
We love playing games together and playing pranks on mom.